The Greatest Show on Earth?

Laurence Spiegel was my first political hero. Never heard of him? Don't worry - nor had Google the last time I checked. The one and only time I worked on the campaign team for a British General Election it was for Laurence Spiegel . That was an important election for two reasons: despite polls showing a clear advantage…

Tax and the C.T.

Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" was an unlikely international bestseller. The Louvre, the Vatican and a French Church would hardly be expected to be up there amongst  the 1001 places  Joe Sixpack must visit before he dies. However, looking at what it did for interest in religion, can you imagine what a boon it…

Washington the dream factory

Last year, the Oscar for Best Actor was awarded to someone who feigned inability to speak coherently. This year, the same award went to someone who chose not to speak. The 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor went to that prize's oldest recipient best known for playing a singing sailor whose most memorable line, nearly 50 years ago, was…